Is it Harder for Tall Guys to Gain Weight?

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    Jun 09, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    I'm 6,5' and have been feeling it's harder for taller guys to gain weight than shorter guys. Has anyone found this to be true? In the past 2 months I lost 6 pounds, despite maintaining my consistent diet. I'm probably not eating as much as I should be and it could be all of that NYC subway stair climbing that is burning off any calories... starting to get a little self conscious people are going to think I anorexic or sickly.

    What the best way for a tall ectomorph to gain more muscle mass?
  • calibro

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    Jun 09, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    it is true for the simple physics that it takes more energy to maintain homeostasis for a larger body than a smaller one. you have more cells to feed.
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    Jun 09, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    I have a hard time putting on mass too. It's just biology. The fitness industry loves to sell us the idea that our bodies are just malleable clay, but there are all manner of physical constraints that we're bound by.

    I just make my height work for me. I mean, I don't care how jacked a guy is -- if I can reach down and pat him on the head like he's a lost child, then I have the upper hand.
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    Jun 09, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Ehanson saidI'm 6,5' and have been feeling it's harder for taller guys to gain weight than shorter guys. Has anyone found this to be true? In the past 2 months I lost 6 pounds, despite maintaining my consistent diet. I'm probably not eating as much as I should be and it could be all of that NYC subway stair climbing that is burning off any calories... starting to get a little self conscious people are going to think I anorexic or sickly.

    What the best way for a tall ectomorph to gain more muscle mass?


    Eat and eat and eat, others here will give you a more in depth analysis, but having been tall all my life, not quite as tall as you, I have started to eat double what I used to. progress has been slow but noticable.
    I have never been a fan of eating that was the hardest part initially. Now I eat 6 times a day good healthy unprocessed food and still weigh the same yet have more muscle mass.
    Since I started working out I can loose weight very easily if I skip or miss a meal, so I try and only weigh myself once a month and look at it as a long term project.
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    Jun 09, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    I'm not a behemoth like you, but 6 feet is considered somewhat tall. If you have a naturally skinny body, it takes an exponential amount of work to try to attain a muscular body as you are just not naturally inclined to have one.
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    Jun 09, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    I lift constantly for my sport trying to gain mass but have only fluctuated between 200-210lbs. It's harder for tall guys to gain weight because, like the first poster said, we do a lot more work to lift because of our length. My problem while trying to gain weight is also my metabolism but that's a different story.
    Eating a lot of good hearty food is the key to gaining weight. All three meals and snacks in between. But a less obvious thing about gaining is that you should be lifting heavier with less reps. Not over board heavy, the more reps you do the more you burn, but the higher the weight the more your muscles will have to work thus getting a higher amount of muscle fiber micro tears. These are the tears repaired by proteins that should build size if youre lifting correctly.
    Eat right lift right get big.
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    Jun 09, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    Ehanson saidWhat the best way for a tall ectomorph to gain more muscle mass?


    What do you mean by "best"? There are pros and cons for everything.
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    Jun 09, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    ya i'm 6'8 and am also trying to gain about 20 lbs this summer, basically i find it is lifestyle changes that help, no more skipping meals, eating more during meals, working out on a consistent schedule and just little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and what not
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    6'9" and its always been the hardest thing to do, gaining weight, i eat about 7-8 times with extra protein shakes in between meals. Such is the life of a Giant lol
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Agamemnon said6'9" and its always been the hardest thing to do, gaining weight, i eat about 7-8 times with extra protein shakes in between meals. Such is the life of a Giant lol


    Jeez. I struggle with six. But hard work sure has paid off Agamemnon
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    There was an article in Men's Health about the Myth of the Ectomorph. http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/skinny-man-muscle

    The main knowledge nugget from this article is that:
    "Underweight people tend to overestimate their daily calorie intake," Aragon says. "Then they incorrectly attribute their low weight to a high metabolism."

    How much do you want to weigh? Do you know how many calories that requires?

    Go to the site below, where you can see the number of calories needed to adjust your weight (You can even put in a date for a goal and it will tell you how many calories to eat to be a certain weight by that date)
    http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-goal.php

    How many calories do you really get per day? You can calculate for a week and see.

    I have a food scale to weigh out food according to the label's serving sizes (actually a $10 postal weight scale from Walmart), and google items that don't have nutrition information labels (like a peach). I used to think I consumed way more calories than I actually did eat. Now I have an excel spreadsheet that I plug in my calories for the day, and see if I hit my mark. After awhile, it is habit to eat that amount. (Tip: Try not to gain more than 2lbs a week, because that may just contribute to excess body fat and can be bad for your body.)

    I hope this helps!
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    Jun 10, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    im a little above 5ft and its easy,actually too easy.annoying actually that i gain weight so easily.I barely have to eat in order to gain weight and its just aaaarg
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    Jun 10, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Not just that, but when we do gain weight - it is not as visible. The weight is stretched out over a much larger area. Longer limbs make the muscles look smaller.
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    Jun 10, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    albertaman saidya i'm 6'8 and am also trying to gain about 20 lbs this summer


    Are you saying 20lbs of lean mass? In a few months? It's only possible if you are a beginner (still very unlikely) or juicing.
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    Jun 10, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
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    albertaman saidya i'm 6'8 and am also trying to gain about 20 lbs this summer


    Are you saying 20lbs of lean mass? In a few months? It's only possible if you are a beginner (still very unlikely) or juicing.


    Its very possible without the need to juice, just heavy weights, old school dead lifts and squats will get the ball rolling, and of course eating and resting icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 10, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    The Lies!! Lol jk
    But no, I was 240 lbs and 6ft 2 at one point. And no, it wasn't muscle. I was pretty chubby. Im 6'3 and 175 now, but after the massive weight loss- tightening up has been my issue, but I'm gettin there nonetheless.

    I blame my Italian family and their Italian cooking. Therefore, eat tons of pasta and bread everyday.
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    Jun 10, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    No, it's not a tall-guy thing. It's a biology and diet thing.

    I can gain weight extraordinarily quickly, if I'm not careful. And no, it's not the kind of weight that I want.

    As far as bulking up muscle mass, I think tall guys have it a bit harder than those 5'7"-5'9"... the muscle are stretched over longer leverage lines. And it takes a long time for it to become more visible, tbh...
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    Jun 10, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
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    bachian said
    albertaman saidya i'm 6'8 and am also trying to gain about 20 lbs this summer


    Are you saying 20lbs of lean mass? In a few months? It's only possible if you are a beginner (still very unlikely) or juicing.


    Its very possible without the need to juice, just heavy weights, old school dead lifts and squats will get the ball rolling, and of course eating and resting icon_smile.gif


    I'll give you the benefit of doubt, but I still find it incredible. 20lbs of lean mass in a few months is a feat even with steroids.
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    Jun 10, 2012 11:51 AM GMT
    Nope, i'm 6'4 and am pretty broad for my height. I eat A LOT and it's most likely also a case of genetics.
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    simple_me saidim a little above 5ft and its easy,actually too easy.annoying actually that i gain weight so easily.I barely have to eat in order to gain weight and its just aaaarg


    So... this wouldn't be the thread for you.. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 10, 2012 12:35 PM GMT
    BP201 saidThe Lies!! Lol jk
    But no, I was 240 lbs and 6ft 2 at one point. And no, it wasn't muscle. I was pretty chubby. Im 6'3 and 175 now, but after the massive weight loss- tightening up has been my issue, but I'm gettin there nonetheless.

    I blame my Italian family and their Italian cooking. Therefore, eat tons of pasta and bread everyday.

    You're SUCH a hunk!icon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gif
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    Jun 10, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    yep, took me 3 months of constant eating 2 put on 14 lbs. hardest part is the legs.
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    Jun 10, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    I'm 5'11" and I have known men taller and skinnier than myself, gain weight over the years. In fact, I could say that with all the tall men I have known over the years, the majority of them fill out by the time they reach middle age (I'm 59, by the way, and I have known individuals for up to 45 years, one from my own school.)

    If you are tall and slender, I think you are to be envied. I bet there are many who would trade places with you!
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    It's usually harder for tall guys, but many short guys have made it just as hard.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    The upside to being tall is it harder for you to gain fat also.